3-Dollar Box

On a warm September day, I was cruising the neighborhood on my bike when I came across a garage sale. I started looking through a box of cars and right away found some interesting items. Rather than stand in the hot sun and pick through them all, I asked how much for the whole box. $3 was a good price, so I took them home and sorted them out in the comfort of my cool house. (My son was quick to point out that the cars were in a diaper box – something I had neglected to notice in the excitement of the moment.)

I picked out a few keepers and donated the rest to the neighborhood kindergarten for the Teacher’s Treasures box. Word is that the kids went a little crazy over all of the cars. Here are my keepers:

Hot Wheels

The Hot Wheels army half-track first appeared as Gun Bucket in the 1976 Flying Colors series. This black blackwall version is from the 1985 Action Command release as Tank Gunner. The guns are stressed but still intact, and the model is in otherwise good shape.

1985 | 9347 | Action Command | Tank Gunner | olive with brown, green and tan camouflage | MY | black BW | $8

The Hot Wheels Crack-Ups, which debuted in 1985, were a series that had moving parts which, on impact, would change from clean to damaged. Bangster is from 1986 and shows the heavy playwear typical of cars from this series.

1986 | 7582 | Crack-Ups | Bangster | lime green with orange, red and yellow graphics | MY | BW

The success of the Crack-Ups inspired Flip Outs in 1986. These cars were fitted with a mechanism on the base that would cause the car to flip over on impact. Some had a side-hit flipper and others, like this Nissan 2000SX called Flippin’ Frenzy, had a rear-hit flipper, pictured below.

1986 | Flip Outs | Flippin’ Frenzy | yellow with purple, red and white graphics | HK | BW

The Hot Wheels ’65 Mustang Convertible with an opening hood first appeared in 1984. This flourescent-colored variation from 1990 – missing the windshield – has been shipped to my friend, Hannah, who collects the Ford ponies.

1990 | 4980 | Freeway Frenzy Set | ’65 Mustang Convertible | fluorescent orange with blue and white wave graphics, pink interior | MY | blue hub TW | $10

The Hot Wheels Split Window ’63 Corvette was a Hi-Rakers model from its first release in 1980 until 1984. It was retooled in 1987 to give it a standard base, and again in 1995. There are almost as many name changes as there are paint/wheel variations. This black, purple and yellow version is a 1991 McDonald’s promo with a plastic base.

1991 | McDonald’s promo | Split Window ’63 | black with purple and yellow graphics, gray plastic base | MY | bw | $4

The Hot Wheels ’82 Supra first came out in 1983 and has only five variations. This dark red model with blackwalls from 1993 is from a Sto ‘n Go playset.

1996 | 3925 | Sto ‘n Go set | ’82 Supra | dark red | China | bw | $5

I’m stretching my “vintage” collection well into the 90’s with variations of blackwall-era cars already in my collection. The Hot Wheels Bronco 4-Wheeler is a classic originally released in 1981. This red version with striking black and white graphics is from 1998.

1998 | Bronco 4-Wheeler | red with black and white Alaska Trek graphics, white plastic shell, black plastic motorcycle | Thailand | ctd | $2

Aeroflash goes all the way back to 1975, when it was released as Large Charge. It also appeared in 1985 as Silver Bullet, which is the name cast into the metal base of this green, black and red version from 1998.

1998 | 1781 | Aeroflash | green with black and red 3 graphics | MY | 3sp

Matchbox

This well-loved, metallic red sedan is the first release of the Matchbox Jaguar XJ-6 which appeared from 1987 through 1989. It’s a fairly heavy car with nice opening doors.

1987 | #41 | Jaguar XJ6 | metallic red, opening doors | 8-dot rims | made in Macau | $1

The Matchbox Ford Escort Cabriolet is a fun model that first came along in 1985. This particular version is from the Laser Wheels series of the late 80s.

1989 | Ford Escort Cabriolet | metallic blue with white stripes and red 3 | laser wheels | made in Macau | $4

There are over 150 variations of the Matchbox 1921 Ford Model T Van. Unfortunately, this spooky model from the 2005 Haunted Castle 5-pack is missing a front wheel.

2005 | Haunted Castle 5-pack | 1921 Ford Model T Van | dark blue with black roof, WOOA vampire graphics | black wood 12-spoke | made in China

 

Yatming

This 1:43 scale Yatming Chevrolet Pick-up features a pull-back motor and opening doors. I shipped this one off to my friend Brad, who collects Jeeps, pick-ups and off-road vehicles.

No. 8317 Chevrolet Pick-up | red with gold, white and black “Chevy Sports Off-Roader” graphics, opening doors, pull-back motor | 1:43 | Made in Thailand

Zylmex

Finally, I’ve always loved the WWII-era F4U Corsair, so I kept this 1:130 scale fighter, which was made by Zylmex and sold under the Runway24 brand.

Zylmex | Runway24 | RW150 USMC F4U Corsair USN | 1:130

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Johnny Lightning Zingers

I added several Johnny Lightning Zingers to my collection during the RC2-era. But I never thought much about where Zingers originated until I came across this ad in a 1970s comic book.

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According to a 2005 article in Hot Rod, Zingers originated in 1971 when MPC created a line of plastic model kits which featured vehicles with huge blown engines and enormously oversized rear wheels. The article suggests Muscle Machines diecast cars were inspired by Zingers, and that may be true. But by 2005, I suspect RC2 bought the rights to the Zingers name from MPC, since Johnny Lightning was already releasing Zingers in their Street Freaks line. (RC2 – now Round 2 -fully revived the MPC brand in 2008 and purchased MPC’s tooling in 2012.)

When I saw that Johnny Lightning was bringing back the Zingers last year, I spent months searching for the 1963 Nova. Finally, on a Thanksgiving trip to Shreveport, I found one in a Target store. It might have been left behind by other collectors because of the creased blister card, but that didn’t stop me from claiming it. In addition to my beautiful blue “Ice Age,” there is also an orange version called “Orange Rush”.

2016 Zingers! | 1963 Chevy Nova Ice Age | metallic blue with white trim | 1:64

The 2006 1959 Chevy Impala is the only RC2-era Zingers that I have still on the blister card.

2006 Street Freaks Zingers! | 1959 Chevy Impala #68 | blue/white top with card

The next three Zingers I have – three generations of Nova body styles – were all freed from their original packaging.

2005 Street Freaks Zingers! R20 | 1966 Chevy Nova | yellow with flames | 1:64

2005 Street Freaks Zingers! R16 | 1970 Chevy Nova | orange with flames | 1:64

2004 Street Freaks Zingers! R11 | 1963 Chevy Nova | green metallic with white trim | 1:64

And finally, this Johnny Lightning Collector Club Exclusive from 2006 isn’t in Zingers packaging, but it sure looks like a Zinger to me.

2006 Collector Club Exclusive | 1970 Chevy Nova | blue/white Yenko stripes | 1:64

 

Hot Wheels ’68 Chevy Nova Variations

This page lists all of the Hot Wheels 1968 Novas, with a photo of each one that I have in my collection. The name of each car that I have links to a page with more information and photos. As I acquire the remaining cars in the list, I will add photos and links to this page.

IMG_2016 2smFJW62 | 2018 HW Flames 3/10 | 1968 Chevy Nova | Metalflake purple with yellow and red trim | Yellow DD8 | Alternate tool (no hood scoop)

FKB41 | 2018 HW Flames 3/10 Super Treasure Hunt | 1968 Chevy Nova | Spectraflame Dark Blue with yellow and red trim, TH logo | Yellow D6DOT | Alternate tool (no hood scoop)


FBJ14 | 2017 Target Red Edition 8/12 | ’68 Chevy Nova | white with red trim | black chrome red ring MC5 | Alternate tool (no hood scoop)


DTX79 | 2017 HW Flames 1/10 | 1968 Chevy Nova | orange with black and silver trim | OH5 | Alternate tool (no hood scoop)

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DFL85 | 2016 HW Camouflage Series | 1968 Chevy Nova | matte dark red with camouflage trim | black MC5

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X6999 | 2015 Hot Wheels Various Multipacks | 1968 Nova | anodized gray with yellow & black trim | chrome & black MC5

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X8933 | 2013 Retro Entertainment Series Beverly Hills Cop | ’68 Chevy Nova | blue primer with white top | RRSC | Alternate tool (no hood scoop)

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X6999 | 2013 Hot Wheels Various Multipacks | 1968 Nova | metalflake green with light green, beige & gray trim | chrome & black MC5 | loose

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Y2088 | 2013 Hot Wheels Easter (WalMart Exclusive) 5/8 | ’68 Chevy Nova | black & red with purple gold & beige flames | 5SP

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V5576 | 2012 HW Racing #01 | ’68 Nova | black with silver, red & yellow trim | chrome MC5

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V5475 | 2012 HW Racing #01 | ’68 Nova | metalflake blue with white, red & yellow trim | red MC5

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V0104 | 2011 Racing Kits 2-Pack 3/12 (Street Race) | ’68 Nova | yellow with black, white & gray trim | chrome & black OH5SP | With road, barricade, cone and Nissan Skyline

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T9789 | 2011 Street Beasts #02 | ’68 Chevy Nova | satin green with white trim | chrome & black MC5 | Alternate tool (no hood scoop)

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T9984 | 2011 Street Beasts #02 (Walmart Exclusive) | ’68 Chevy Nova | satin red with white trim | chrome & black MC5 | Alternate tool (no hood scoop)

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V0015 | 2011 Street Beasts #02 | ’68 Chevy Nova | metalflake blue with white trim | chrome & black MC5 | Alternate tool (no hood scoop)

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V3691 | 2011 Easter Eggsclusives (WalMart Exclusive) | ’68 Nova | metalflake dark blue & gray with silver & black trim | 5SP

T8309 | 2011 Hot Wheels Garage GM Series 15/22 | ’68 Chevy Nova | red and metalflake gray with red, gray and silver trim | RLRR5SP

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R7936 | 2010 Happy Birthday | ’68 Chevy Nova | orange with black & yellow trim | yellow & black OH5SP

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(left) 54886 | 2010 Hot Wheels 10-Pk | ’68 Nova | metalflake dark blue with white trim | 5SP | Alternate tool (no hood scoop) | loose (center)

54886 | 2010 Hot Wheels 10-Pk | ’68 Nova | metalflake gray with gray trim | 5SP | Alternate tool (no hood scoop) | loose (right) 54886 | 2010 Hot Wheels 10-Pk | ’68 Nova | orange with white trim | 5SP | Alternate tool (no hood scoop) | loose

N4170 | 2009 Hot Wheels Connect Cars #20 Mississippi | ’68 Chevy Nova | red with blue and white trim | 5SP | Alternate tool (no hood scoop)

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P2456 | 2009 Faster Than Ever #10 | Chevy Nova | metalflake copper with black trim | FTE

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P2456 | 2009 Faster Than Ever #10 | Chevy Nova | metalflake copper with black trim | FTE | snowflake card

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P2456 | 2009 Target 10-Pk | Chevy Nova | metalflake copper with black trim | OH5SP | loose P2456 | 2009 Target 2-Pk or 10-Pk | Chevy Nova | black with gold trim | OH5SP

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P2456 | 2009 Faster Than Ever #10 | Chevy Nova | black with gold trim | FTE

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P2456 | 2009 Faster Than Ever #10 (KMart Exclusive) | Chevy Nova | metalflake blue with white trim | FTE

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N4608 | 2008 Hot Wheels Top 40 Set | ’68 Chevy Nova | metalflake silver with gray & black trim | RLBW

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M1562 | 2008 Since ’68 Series 13 of 40 | ’68 Nova | pearl yellow with black, gray & red trim | RL

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M6894 | 2008 Team: Muscle Mania #4 | ’68 Nova | red with white, yellow & silver trim | black OH5SP

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M6894 | 2008 Team: Muscle Mania #4 | ’68 Nova | red with white, yellow & silver trim | black OH5SP | short card

M1810 | 2007 Walgreens 3 Pack Exclusive #4 of 12 | ’68 Nova | spectraflame aqua with black & white trim | RL5SP

IMG_7687L0749 | 2007 Hot Wheels Classics #21 | ’68 Chevy Nova | spectraflame magenta with pink & white trim | RL5SP

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L0749 | 2007 Hot Wheels Classics #21 | ’68 Chevy Nova | spectraflame dark orange with black & white trim | RL5SP

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L0749 | 2007 Hot Wheels Classics #21 | ’68 Chevy Nova | spectraflame gold with black & white trim | RL5SP

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K3385 | 2006 HWC Neo-Classics #3 | 1968 Nova | spectraflame blue w/blue flames | RL

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J3424 | 2006 Red Line Series #3 (KMart Exclusive) | 1968 Nova | metalflake green with Red Line Series tampo on sides | RL5SP

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J3424 | 2006 Red Line Series #3 | 1968 Nova | metalflake purple with Red Line Series tampo on sides | RL5SP

K3818 | 2006 Nationals | ’68 Nova | silver and black with red and checkerboard trim, convention logo on roof | RLRR

J4237 | 2005 sELECTIONs #4 7950 produced | ’68 Nova | spectraflame steel blue with black trim, RLC logo on sides | GYRR

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G6916 | 2005 Robo Revenge 5-Pk | 1968 Nova | metalfake brown with white, orange & black trim | 5SP | loose

G5553 | 2004 Nationals Ticket Car | ’68 Nova | metalfake dark burgundy with black & white trim, convention logo on roof | RR

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C2642 | 2004 Hot Wheels Affinity Motor City Muscle (3/4) | ’68 Chevy Nova | metalfake antifreeze green with magenta & white trim | RR5SP | loose


B3532 | 2004 First Editions #5 Zamac Limited Ed. | Nova 1968 | unpainted with white trim | 5SP

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B3532 | 2004 First Editions #5 | Nova 1968 | metalfake steel blue with white trim | 5SP | carded

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B3532 | 2004 First Editions #5 | Nova 1968 | metalfake steel blue with white trim | 5SP | European short card

IMG_1733B3532 | 2004 First Editions #5 | Nova 1968 | metalfake steel blue with white trim | 5SP | loose

Hot Wheels ’68 Chevy Nova

When this Hot Wheels casting came out in 2004 the floodgates opened for me as a collector. I had grown up around several of the third generation Novas – 4 of my older brothers drove them at various times. The first car I bought for myself was a 1973 Nova 2-door hatchback and it was my daily driver for 10 years. I don’t have every version ever made, but I have quite a few and I’ve managed to collect some interesting variations along the way.

This is the one that started if off, and still one of my favorites. I love the metalflake steel blue of this 2004 First Editions casting.

img_1748img_1733img_1734B3532 | 2004 First Editions #5 | Nova 1968 | metalfake steel blue/white | 5SP

In those early days, I was still taking a lot of my cars out of the package, so I only have this Motor City Muscle version loose. It really shines in metalflake antifreeze green and Real Rider tires.

img_1729img_1730C2642 | 2004 Hot Wheels Affinity Motor City Muscle (3/4) | ’68 Chevy Nova | metalfake antifreeze green w/magenta & white trim | RR5S

Here’s another loose variation from the 2005 Robo Revenge 5-Pack.

img_1731img_1732G6916 | 2005 Robo Revenge 5-Pk | 1968 Nova | metalfake brown w/white, orange & black trim | 5SP

The casting looks pretty fine in redlines!

img_1745J3424 | 2006 Red Line Series #3 | 1968 Nova | metalflake purple w/Red Line Series tampo on sides | RL5SP

I saw the 2006 Neo-Classics version when it was first offered on the Hot Wheels collector’s website, but by the time I was able to try to by one, they were sold out. Fortunately, I picked one up not too much later on eBay.

img_1751K3385 | 2006 HWC Neo-Classics #3 | 1968 Nova | spectraflame blue w/blue flames | RL

The Hot Wheels Classics is one of my favorite series. Even though it seems like cheating to put a 2004 casting into a series that celebrates the original Hot Wheels releases, I’m glad they included the ’68 Nova. I have two of the three colors that were released.

img_1749L0749 | 2007 Hot Wheels Classics #21 | ’68 Chevy Nova | spectraflame dark orange w/black & white trim | RL5SP
img_1750L0749 | 2007 Hot Wheels Classics #21 | ’68 Chevy Nova | spectraflame gold w/black & white trim | RL5SP

Package variations are always fun. Here’s the 2008 Team: Muscle Mania Nova on both the regular and short cards.

img_1743M6894 | 2008 Team: Muscle Mania #4 | ’68 Nova | red w/white, yellow & silver trim | black OH5SP

img_1753M6894 | 2008 Team: Muscle Mania #4 (Short Card) | ’68 Nova | red w/white, yellow & silver trim | black OH5SP

The Since ’68 series is another one that the Nova casting doesn’t seem to belong to. But I love this variation because it reminds me of the yellow Rally Nova that my brother used to own.

img_1740M1562 | 2008 Since ’68 Series 13 of 40 | ’68 Nova | pearl yellow w/black, gray & red trim | RL

The 2009 Faster Than Ever Nova came out in at least two colors, including the black and copper versions shown here. I also have the copper version on a snowflake card, shown below.

img_1744P2456 | 2009 Faster Than Ever #10 | Chevy Nova | black w/gold trim | FTE

img_1746P2456 | 2009 Faster Than Ever #10 | Chevy Nova | metalflake copper w/black trim | FTE

img_1747P2456 | 2009 Faster Than Ever #10 (snowflake card) | Chevy Nova | metalflake copper w/black trim | FTE

The ’68 Nova has made appearances in several multipacks over the years, sometimes with unique decoration.

img_1728(left) X6999 | 2013 Hot Wheels Various Multipacks | 1968 Nova | metalflake green w/light green, beige & gray trim | chrome & black MC5
(center) B3532 | 2004 First Editions #5 | Nova 1968 | metalfake steel blue/white | 5SP
(right) P2456 | 2009 Target 10-Pk | Chevy Nova | metalflake copper w/black trim | OH5SP

There is also an alternate tool (which I actually prefer), with the hood from the Nova SS. This was found in the 2010 10-pack in several color variations.

img_1727(left) 54886 | 2010 Hot Wheels 10-Pk | ’68 Nova | metalflake dark blue w/white trim | 5SP | Alternate tool (no hood scoop)
(center) 54886 | 2010 Hot Wheels 10-Pk | ’68 Nova | metalflake gray w/gray trim | 5SP | Alternate tool (no hood scoop)
(right) 54886 | 2010 Hot Wheels 10-Pk | ’68 Nova | orange w/white trim | 5SP | Alternate tool (no hood scoop)

The 2010 Happy Birthday Nova is a striking orange, black and yellow variation.

img_1741R7936 | 2010 Happy Birthday | ’68 Chevy Nova | orange w/black & yellow trim | yellow & black OH5SP

In 2011, the ’68 Nova got a 427 and some special speed bunny stripes for the Easter Eggsclusives release.

img_1742V3691 | 2011 Easter Eggsclusives (WalMart Exclusive) | ’68 Nova | metalflake dark blue & gray w/silver & black trim | 5SP

Also in 2011, the alternate tool version appeared in at least two sharp colors in the Street Beasts series.

img_1738V0015 | 2011 Street Beasts #02 | ’68 Chevy Nova | metalflake blue w/white trim | chrome & black MC5 | Alternate tool (no hood scoop)

img_1739T9789 | 2011 Street Beasts #02 | ’68 Chevy Nova | satin green w/white trim | chrome & black MC5 | Alternate tool (no hood scoop)

Another fun variation from 2011 was the Racing Kits 2-Pack which included a yellow ’68 Nova, a section of road in disrepair, a cone, a barricade, and a Nissan Skyline to race.

img_1752V0104 | 2011 Racing Kits 2-Pack 3/12 (Street Race) | ’68 Nova | yellow w/black, white & gray trim | chrome & black OH5SP | With road, barricade, cone and Nissan Skyline

For 2012, the ’68 Nova was part of the HW Racing team in two color variations.

img_1736V5475 | 2012 HW Racing #01 | ’68 Nova | metalflake blue w/white, red & yellow trim | red MC5

img_1737V5576 | 2012 HW Racing #01 | ’68 Nova | black w/silver, red & yellow trim | chrome MC5

The ’68 Nova was once again featured as an Easter car in 2013, this time with a flamed-out paint job.

img_1735Y2088 | 2013 Hot Wheels Easter (WalMart Exclusive) 5/8 | ’68 Chevy Nova | black & red w/purple gold & beige flames | 5SP

The alternate tool version showed up again in the 2013 Retro Entertainment series as Eddie Murphy’s beat up Nova from the Beverly Hills Cop movie.

img_1332X8933 | 2013 Retro Entertainment Series Beverly Hills Cop | ’68 Chevy Nova | blue primer with white top | RRSC | Alternate tool (no hood scoop)

And finally, another tooling of the third-generation Nova – this one a 1970 model cast with an opening hood, came out in the 2008 40th Anniversary 100% series.

img_1754M1679 | 2008 100% Hot Wheels 40th Anniversary | ’70 Chevy Nova #13 | gold |RR